The Indian team in the Under 19 World Cup is on a roll, having won 5 out of 5 matches in the competition so far and have qualified for the semi-finals. In the semi-final, the team, led by Uday Saharan, will face the hosts South Africa.
Ahead of the semi-final, the top two scorers in the tournament are Indians and the third-highest wicket-taker of the tournament is an Indian. The Indian cricket team in the Under 19 World Cup, as expected, is filled with a bunch of talented and highly rated youngsters, two of whom will be part of the upcoming IPL 2024 season.
2 Youngsters In India’s Under 19 World Cup Squad Who Will Feature In IPL 2024:
Hailing from Solapur, Maharashtra, Arshin Kulkarni was bought by the Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2024 auction for his base price of INR 20 lakh. An opening batsman and a medium pacer, Arshin Kulkarni scored 174 runs in his first five outings in the Under 19 World Cup with the help of one century against the USA. He has also snapped four wickets in the tournament so far.
Arshin Kulkarni’s idol is South African legendary all-rounder Jacques Kallis, and he got to meet his hero ahead of the Under 19 World Cup in South Africa.
Former Maharashtra batsman Nikhil Paradkar, who coached Kulkarni in Pune, told ESPNcricinfo that there is “some uniqueness about him purely from the manner in which he batted and hit long he could bat trusting those methods. He could clear boundaries easily”.
Aravelly Avinash Rao
Hyderabad’s wicketkeeper Aravelly Avinash Rao was bought by the Chennai Super Kings for his base price of INR 20 lakh in the IPL 2024 auction and will be part of the squad under MS Dhoni. Aravelly Avinash made his senior List-A debut for Hyderabad last year in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and featured in a couple of games.
In the Under 19 World Cup so far, he has managed 74 runs in 5 innings at a strike rate of 132, a standout feature of his.